Japan’s Secret WWII Weapon: Exploding Balloons

WWII saw the development of some zany designs for weapons, such as when the U.S. developed pigeon guided missiles and (literal) bat bombs (the latter of which were a little too effective, accidentally destroying the testing base when they escaped), or when the Soviets trained exploding anti-tank dogs. Not to be left out of the fun, the Japanese developed their own oddball weapon. Starting in November of 1944, Japan launched over 9,000 devices they called "Fu-Gos" aimed at the United States and Canada. Fu-Gos were hydrogen balloons equipped with incendiary devices that, in theory, would be transported over the Pacific Ocean via the jet stream to devastate the landscape, perhaps starting massive fires in farm fields and forests across North America.

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Meet the men who are seriously building time machines

Everyone wants to go back into time and see historical events or jump ahead to experience the future. It’s human nature to wonder about tomorrow and reminisce about yesterday. We can’t help it. But even though DeLoreans and Victorian open carriages and hot tubs have helped us imagine time travel, most of us are resigned to the fact that it’s not going to happen. That’s sad. Some people aren’t giving up. That’s awesome.

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Extremely dangerous lava surf photography is completely worth the risk

CJ Kale is reportedly the first person ever to photograph lava entering the ocean from the surf, swimming near the scalding water and avoiding lava bombs just a few from where he was standing. Needless to say, the risk of dying is huge but his photographs are awesome.

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AT&T is reportedly interested in acquiring satellite TV provider DirectTV. DirectTV is currently the second biggest U.S. pay TV provider, with roughly 20 million customers while AT&T’s TV business reaches roughly 5.7 million. Combined, AT&T and DirectTV would be better positioned to compete against Comcast, especially when and if their Time Warner Cable buyout goes through. That’s according to the Wall Street Journal:

Acquisition of DirecTV would give AT&T a national footprint in pay television at a time when the telecom company sees video delivery as core to its future. An acquisition would allow AT&T to offer bundles of wireless and TV services, and could give AT&T new ways to deliver video to its mobile and broadband customers.

If a deal is ever made — and it remains a big if — it’s hard to tell whether or not it would help customers by providing better service and cheaper overall, bundled prices. Given the precarious state of net neutrality these days, and the U.S. government’s willingness to entertain mergers like Comcast/Time Warner — not to mention Comcast/NBC Universal! — bigger might also end up meaning the opposite of better.

A future where internet companies are and own TV distribution, never mind networks and production companies, is the opposite of the dumb-pipe destinies many consumers long for.

AT&T buying DirectTV is just a rumor for now and a lot can happen between talks and deals being made and approved. In the meantime, let me know — how would you feel about AT&T owning DirectTV?

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The Perfect Selfie Is a Half-Selfie

Now that we all take photos of ourselves constantly, we need to evolve the way we think about our faces in photos. Specifically, we need to abandon the notion that photos of ourselves should include the entirety of our faces when those photos are actually much better with only half a face. Or to be more precise, about 63 percent.

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The whole point of Notification Center, Apple’s always-accessible alert drop-down, is to make it easier find and stay up to date on the information that matters the most to you. By default, Notification Center will list app alerts in the order in which the app was installed. You can take control of notification handling on your iPhone or iPad, however, and organizing alerts and notifications in a way that makes the most sense to you, either by time and date, or by whatever order you wish.

How to manually sort the order of alerts in Notification Center

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on Notification Center.
  3. Under the Notifications View section, tap on Sort Manually to select it.
  4. Now tap Edit in the top right corner.
  5. Under the Include section simply drag items to reorder how you’d like them to appear in Notification Center. For example, if you want Calendar alerts to always appear first no matter what, drag the Calendar app all the way to the top.
  6. When you’re finished organizing, just tap Done in the upper right hand corner.

How to sort Notification Center alerts by date and time

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on Notification Center.
  3. Under the Notifications View section, tap on Sort By Time to select it.

That’s it! Notification Center will now sort things in the order you’ve specified or by time, depending on what option you chose.

How do you sort notifications on your iPhone or iPad? Do you prefer them to appear in the order they were received or do you put your most cared about apps first? Let me know in the comments!

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Let’s be honest: Wireless speakers are a dime a dozen. The options are seemingly endless, and new ones arrive on an almost daily basis. Companies have begun to push the boundaries of design as of late, making options that are an aesthetic step above…

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